We didn't. We had Mercury, Gemini, and the early Apollo missions. We even went to the moon and came back without attempting to land, and another that came very close, descending and then coming back without landing. There were several major failures, including the loss of the Apollo 1 crew, and the near loss of the Gemini crew that Neil Armstrong was on when one of their reaction thrusters started and didn't turn off. We also had Apollo 13 where the planned landing didn't happed due to equipment failure. The entire space program though...from Mercury through Apollo...was focused on getting to the moon. It wasn't the first try, it took a lot of effort and many missions leading up the Apollo 11 to get us there, and everyone involved contributed. From the floor sweepers, to the personnel doing the flight patch computations, to the engineers and controllers.And they say we got to the moon and back on the first try. lol
Well it looks like a lot of us with the new GT500's are going to get a recall, that really sucks.
Ford: 5 cents is 5 cents.Dumb. Why compromise a part directly related to safety? It should be designed well robust enough to never ever break. Reminds me of the aluminum shift fork. They try to design to narrow margins and it bites them in the rear. Heck, there is even stress analysis software that can show failure points. I know, cheaper, lighter, blah blah but there are limits. You should be able to stomp the he** out of a brake pedal.
They did not do so out of malice. They merely thought that by switching to a different material, they could save money and/or weight. (probably money). Based on what I read, the engineers didn't put in a big enough safety factor to account for variations in manufacturing, and there wasn't enough of a review of that design to catch it. Had the review taken place, it probably would have been caught and corrected. Had manufacturing been done to tighter tolerances, it would have been fine. Unfortunately, it took both issues to cause this...Ford: 5 cents is 5 cents.
Chevy is Rolls Royce compared to Ford.